Thursday, February 13, 2014

Scotland is getting ready to welcome the elite of water polo in 2014!

“The Commonwealth Water Polo Championships is an exciting addition to the 2014 events calendar and will extend the benefits of the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in this momentous year for Scotland." Shona Robison, Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games

Aberdeen to host the third Commonwealth Water Polo Championships from 5 – 12 April 2014

The Commonwealth Water Polo Championships 2014 will be held in Aberdeen from Saturday 5 until Saturday 12 April 2014. As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations the competition will feature eight nations competing in Scotland, where water polo originated in the late 19th Century. Seven men’s and five women’s teams will compete at the new Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village, Scotland’s newest world-class aquatics facility, ahead of its opening in Spring 2014. More information about the event can be found online at

The Championships follow the successful events held in Manchester in 2002 and Perth, Australia in 2006. The men’s competition will feature Scotland, England, Wales, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand and Malta, while the women’s competition will welcome Scotland, Canada, England, Wales and South Africa.

Men's water polo was among the first team sports introduced at the modern Olympic Games in 1900. Both men’s and women’s competitions have been a sell-out at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Ken Fussell, Chair of Scottish Water Polo and organiser of the event, is thrilled about hosting the Championships in Scotland: “This will be a tremendous boost for the sport in Scotland, showcasing some of the world’s best players. There has been great effort from all stakeholders to stage these Championships. I am looking forward to an exciting event, which will be another milestone to establish the sport in the Commonwealth Games programme in the future.” 

Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, said,

“The Commonwealth Water Polo Championships is an exciting addition to the 2014 events calendar and will extend the benefits of the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in this momentous year for Scotland. It is only fitting that a water polo championship returns to the land of its origins in what is our Homecoming Year and as well as celebrating Scotland’s sporting heritage, these Championships will create a world stage for home-grown athletes and showcase a new state of the art centre for swimming. The Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village is a fantastic facility and will provide an inspiring arena for athletes and spectators alike.” 

David Beattie, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Sports Village, hopes that hosting the competition in the new Aquatics Centre will give a boost to the facility and particularly the sport of water polo in Aberdeen. He said: “Aberdeen Sports Village is delighted to host the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships at the new Aquatics Centre. We have worked closely with all our partners during each phase of the building process and securing high calibre competitions such as these go to highlight the capabilities of the Centre. We are confident that the Centre will prove to be a popular facility for the people of the North East and we look forward to attracting many more international competitions.”

Aberdeen City Council’s Convener of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Councillor Jenny Laing said: “We are looking forward to hosting the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships, which will be the first major event at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre. By working with partner organisations we want to help extend the benefits and opportunities offered by the Commonwealth Games to communities in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.

“By holding the championships here in Aberdeen we will showcase our ability and indeed Scotland’s to host major sports events on the international stage. It will be fabulous to see the teams and supporters from the Commonwealth here in the city as it will encourage a better understanding and appreciation of other countries in the Commonwealth and offer the chance to further develop international links.

“I would encourage young people, local citizens and folk from further afield to come along, cheer on Scotland and adopt another team too, and enjoy what is going to be a very exciting event.”

The preliminaries will be free of charge but ticketed, while tickets for the finals on Saturday 12 April will be available at £5 for full price and £3 for concession tickets. Tickets for all events are available online at or on the day. All information about the event can be found at The official hashtag for the event is #cwpc2014.

The event is supported by Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen City Council, Homecoming Scotland, Scottish Swimming, British Swimming and Commonwealth Games Scotland.



Venue: Aquatics Centre, Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen AB24 5RU

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The official hashtag for the event is #cwpc2014

For Twitter, you can use this tweet:

Scotland is welcoming the elite of #waterpolo in #Aberdeen in the year of #homecoming2014 for the #cwpc2014 /cwpc2014

All media resources, including publicity pictures and accreditation form, can be found at /media

Publicity pictures can also be downloaded on Flickr 

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About Aberdeen City Council

  • Home to a population of 202,370 Aberdeen is a thriving, cosmopolitan port in the North-east of Scotland.
  • Since the 1970’s, the city has been the hub of the UK’s energy industry and has enjoyed a high quality of life and low unemployment.
  • The city offers residents and visitors a wide range of opportunities from its vibrant sports and social scene, its cultural events calendar and its world renowned research and education institutes, to its network of business and employment support services.

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About Aberdeen Sports Village

Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sports facility in the North East of Scotland and home to an array of first class sporting facilities and events. The eagerly anticipated Olympic standard £22 million Aquatics Centre is due to open Spring 2014 and it includes a ten lane 50 metre pool and a 25 metre pool with full elite diving facilities which will be used by both world class athletes and the local community. ASV aims to deliver high quality sports services and opportunities for all at the home of sport in the North East. The facility, which opened in 2009, is the result of a joint venture by funding partners the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland.

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About Homecoming 

  • Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014- providing a year-long programme of events alongside the  Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games 
  • The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. 
  • Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. 
  • Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners.

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About Scottish Swimming 

Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

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About British Swimming

British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales (Welsh ASA). British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. 

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